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72 articles published/printed


Report shows Sharpton was FBI mafia informant

Apr 10, 2014

Report shows Sharpton was FBI mafia informant

The Rev. Al Sharpton admitted Tuesday that he helped the FBI investigate New York Mafia figures in the 1980s, but called it old news and insisted he was more a victim than an informant. Sharpton sought to downplay a report by The Smoking Gun ...

Kuroda eyes yen-weakening action

| Apr 10, 2014

Kuroda eyes yen-weakening action

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Bank of Japan Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda has shown that a single unprecedented expansion of monetary policy has more impact than a series of smaller steps, and economists say he’s preparing to prove it again. The yen has tumbled almost 9 percent since Kuroda doubled ...

Microsoft ends support for Windows XP

Apr 10, 2014

Microsoft ends support for Windows XP

Microsoft Corp. ended its support Wednesday for its Windows XP operating system, including security measures against viruses, and called for an early migration to newer operating systems. The company terminated its support after providing its last security update program for Windows XP and will ...

Poll success puts Afghans on track — for now

| Apr 10, 2014

Poll success puts Afghans on track — for now

In a nation more associated with calamity than consensus, the initial results of Saturday’s Afghan presidential election are startling. Despite Taliban threats to attack polling stations nationwide, the same percentage of Afghans turned out to vote — roughly 58 percent — as did Americans ...

'Cuban Twitter' texts were overtly political

Apr 10, 2014

'Cuban Twitter' texts were overtly political

Draft messages produced for a Twitter-like network that the U.S. government secretly built in Cuba were overtly political and poked fun at the Castro brothers, documents obtained by The Associated Press show. The messages conflict with claims by the Obama administration that the program ...

Energy plan fails to set targets for renewables

Apr 10, 2014

Energy plan fails to set targets for renewables

The government of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s final version of a draft energy report reinforces the role of nuclear power in the country’s future, but falls short of setting specific goals for renewable energy use. The policy describes nuclear power as “an important base-load ...

Apr 10, 2014

Kim "re-elected" as North Korean leader

Kim Jong Un was Wednesday “re-elected” as North Korea’s leader, state media said, as parliament opened a session expected to endorse personnel changes after the shock execution of his once-powerful uncle. Kim was reaffirmed as First Chairman of the powerful National Defence Commission (NDC) ...

Apr 10, 2014

'Heartbleed' bug undoes Web encryption, exposes private data

A newly discovered bug in widely used Web encryption technology has made data on many of the world’s major websites vulnerable to theft by hackers in what experts say is one of the most serious security flaws uncovered in recent years. The finding of ...

Queen hosts Irish president on first U.K. state visit

Apr 10, 2014

Queen hosts Irish president on first U.K. state visit

Amid regal pomp at Queen Elizabeth II’s Windsor Castle home, the Irish president and the British monarch have begun Ireland’s first state visit to Britain with expressions of mutual affection and respect — and a shared determination to consign national hatreds to a sorrow-tinged ...

Apr 10, 2014

Hakodate's valid nuclear concern

The government and power companies should not dismiss the concerns of muncipalities that could be impacted by nuclear accidents but have no say in their operations.

Apr 10, 2014

Aim for lasting peace in Africa

Sadly, 20 years after the start of the genocide in Rwanda, in some African countries conflict and suppression of human rights are all too commonplace.

Japan turtle finds haven in Taiwan

Apr 10, 2014

Japan turtle finds haven in Taiwan

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In late January, Cheng I-Jiunn, a marine biology professor at the National Taiwan Ocean University, got a call telling him a green sea turtle incidentally captured in the northeastern part of the island desperately needed medical attention. A titanium tag installed on the turtle ...

Post-Fukushima reform throws up a few surprises

Apr 10, 2014

Post-Fukushima reform throws up a few surprises

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The magnitude-9 earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan on March 11, 2011, devastated the northeast, killing more than 15,000 people and causing level 7 meltdowns at three reactors at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant. Observers believed the sheer size of the catastrophe ...

'In the Heights' sizzles across distant cultures

Apr 10, 2014

'In the Heights' sizzles across distant cultures

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I had a few reservations about the first Japanese production of “In the Heights,” the Broadway sensation nominated for 13 Tony awards in 2008. For one, neither of the female leads playing Nina and Vanessa seemed to have much musical-theater experience. I also wondered ...

Art on the brink of fragmentation

Apr 10, 2014

Art on the brink of fragmentation

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You can’t go wrong by calling a show “Fragments,” as the curators of this year’s “MOT Annual” exhibition have done. With a name like that, whatever bits and pieces visitors encounter at the annual group show of Tokyo’s Museum of Contemporary Art, they can’t ...

Edo-Tokyo Museum maps out the history of Japan's capital

Apr 10, 2014

Edo-Tokyo Museum maps out the history of Japan's capital

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The transformation of Edo from a mosquito-infested fishing village to seat of power and cultural center has endlessly fascinated lovers of history. After the imperial capital Kyoto fell to military rule in 1185, ensuing battles for power saw the capital move to Kamakura, then ...

UConn turns first final between unbeaten teams into rout

Apr 10, 2014

UConn turns first final between unbeaten teams into rout

Geno Auriemma and UConn reached the top of women’s college basketball in unprecedented fashion. After winning a record ninth national championship — they stand alone. The Huskies reached the pinnacle in style, routing Notre Dame in the first NCAA basketball championship game featuring undefeated ...

Arnold out at Vegalta after six J. League games

Apr 10, 2014

Arnold out at Vegalta after six J. League games

Manager Graham Arnold has left Vegalta Sendai by “mutual consent” on Wednesday, becoming the J. League’s first coaching casualty of the season. Assistant Susumu Watanabe has replaced former Australia coach Arnold, whose side was winless in eight league and league cup games combined in ...

Braun breaks slump in style

Apr 10, 2014

Braun breaks slump in style

All Ryan Braun needed to shake his slump was a trip to Philadelphia. Braun hit three home runs and tied a franchise record with seven RBIs to lead the Milwaukee Brewers to a 10-4 victory Tuesday, spoiling the Phillies’ home opener. Braun connected twice ...

Sprinter Simpson gets 18-month doping ban

Apr 10, 2014

Sprinter Simpson gets 18-month doping ban

Jamaican Olympic sprinter Sherone Simpson was banned until Dec. 20 after testing positive for a banned stimulant, a disciplinary panel announced Tuesday. The three-member panel of the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission said it would soon release its reasons for issuing an 18-month ban, which begins ...

Capitals keep hopes alive

Apr 10, 2014

Capitals keep hopes alive

Alex Ovechkin took his place in the NHL record book and helped the Washington Capitals keep pace in the playoff race. Ovechkin became the 11th player in NHL history to score 50 or more goals in a season five times and added two assists ...

Apr 10, 2014

Mourning, Richardson elected to Hall of Fame

Alonzo Mourning went to Georgetown to play basketball, not discover the world. The 208-cm center who won an NBA title with the Miami Heat was voted to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on Monday, adding that honor to becoming a board member ...